“Colorful garments – ball gowns, kimonos, evening pajamas – made from yards upon yards of iridescent silk or velvet. I own an unjustifiable number of such outfits and jump at the chance to wear them. Against the etiquette about which I am otherwise all too conscious, I frequently, and unrepentantly, overdress for the occasion.” –Julia Glass
If you followed my blog throughout this past summer, you already know about my love of kimonos and how sad I was to retire them for the winter. Most of my kimono collection (which is around 50 different kimonos at last count) are warm weather pieces being made of lace and other sheer lightweight fabrics. For months now, I have been trying to figure out a way to style a kimono for winter and still maintain the appropriate amount of warmth in these frigid temperatures. I tried a few different layering techniques with the kimonos in my closet and nothing seemed to work. And then I saw this kimono-style robe from Rosegal and it seemed perfectly suited for winter kimono-wearing with its heavier fabric, long sleeves, maxi length, and rich vibrant colors to stand out against a snow covered background.
Kimonos are meant to be layered and I love the look of a cute graphic tee underneath. I shared my personal collection of graphic tees from Torrid yesterday which included this fabulous Wonder Woman tee. The colors in the graphic on the tee paired perfectly underneath the geometric print of the kimono. Plus a kimono sort of feels like a super hero cape…so it was an obvious sartorial union.
I also love joining together the drama of a maxi length kimono with the ruggedness of a pair of jeans. And the paradox of a graphic tee with pearls always makes me happy. Add some pearl trimmed booties and a neutral tench coat and you have a kimono styled comfortably for the winter months. Except for the salt and sludge that quickly coated the hem of my kimono. But nothing that a quick wash through the gentle cycle couldn’t handle.
If you are a fan of kimonos and are looking for more inspiration on how to style this warm weather piece during the winter, check out Debbie’s velvet duster kimono and Jess’s floral velvet kimono. Also I will be sharing this black and white duster kimono with you tomorrow for Part 2 of How to Style a Kimono for Winter.
“I love kimonos because you can just throw them on over anything. Ever since I got my first kimono from Lane Bryant in high school and thought, ‘This is amazing; I can wear it with everything!'” –Lizzo
“Women who wear kimonos, when the fight, they have to keep their knees together, and when they use a sword, they have to move the sleeves otherwise it gets caught.” –Lucy Liu
What are your favorite pieces from summer that you like to style all year round? Do you have any outfit combinations that really make you feel like a super hero?
And now your favorite posts from last week.
Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style shared her post When Bloggers Meet & Fancy Friday Link Up. I can’t even tell you how much I loved this post…mostly because Nancy is a dear friend of mine and she had the opportunity to spend the day with Nina of A World of Dresses who is also a very dear blogger friend! I will admit that I am bit jealous of both of them that they each got to meet the other! Aren’t blogger meet ups just the best?!
If you are looking to add a cute kimono to your wardrobe, consider creating a Valentine’s Wish List and treat yourself to something fabulous. Check out Rosegal Valentine’s Gifts for some fabulous offers on the Best Valentine’s Gifts 2018. Also be sure to check back tomorrow to see how I styled another kimono for winter.
Keeping it on the edge,
Linking up with these Fabulous Link Ups.